On the ocassion of the 55th anniversary of Shiv Sena, the party president and Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Satuday responded at Congress for it's repeatative announcements of contesting elections independently and slammed the Bharatiya Janata Party for doing polics against the government and making attempts to destabilize it to regain power.
The Sena supremo was virtually addressing his party cardes on the foundation day. Since the past few days, Congress state president Nana Patole has been chanting slogans that the party will fight the upcoming assembly elections on its own. However, Shiv Sena and neither CM himself take any action on the issue.
However, on the occasion of Shiv Sena's anniversary, the CM indirectly repiled to the Congress party which is one of the allies of the MahaVikas Aghadi govt in state saying, "I want to tell those who are currently chanting the slogan of fighting the elections independently that it is not just about contesting elections." He said, "First gain the strength to lift the sword and then strike."
Uddhav Thackeray said that the Congress is playing a decisive role. "I want to tell many political parties who are chanting the slogan of fighting elections on self-strength even during the coronavirus period that it is not just for elections. It also takes strength to demand rights. Otherwise, if there is no force even when injustice is happening, then how will they attack? ”
He said, "My grandfather Prabodhankar Thackeray and Shiv Sena founder Balasaheb Thackeray used to say that one should have one's own strength and confidence. If you don't have confidence, you can't do anything, and if you have confidence, you can survive anywhere in the world."
Further, he added, "Shiv Sena gave self-strength and self-reliance. When the Sena was formed, rights of 'Marathi man' was a trivial matter in Mumbai and Maharashtra."
"The Marathi man had to live in humiliation. If the Balasaheb Thackeray had not formed the Shiv Sena then, it would not be possible to ask the contempt of the Marathi man in Maharashtra and Mumbai today, ”said Uddhav Thackeray.
Further attacking Bharatiya Janata Party over Hindutva, he said, "Shiv Sena formed the government with Congress-NCP and since then BJP has been continuously targeting Shiv Sena on the issue of Hindutva."
Against this backdrop, Uddhav Thackeray gave a blunt answer to BJP. "When the word 'Hindu' was uttered by many, Balasaheb proudly said, 'Say we are Hindus ...'. I said that my Hindutva is not for the faint of heart ... but this is Balasaheb's sentence. Hindutva is not someone's patent, Hindutva is in our heart, 'said Uddhav Thackeray, indirectly retaliating against BJP.
'The time has come for all the political parties to decide whether they want political success for the sake of it or for finding solutions on the economic front. Social unrest would be a harsh word to describe it, but the country is heading for social unease for sure," he said.
"The time has also come to decide whether we want political power for finding solutions to people's problems (or for something else). If we indulge in cynical politics without giving a thought to the ways to find solutions to economic and health challenges before us, then we are in serious trouble," he said.
The Shiv Sena was founded by Uddhav Thackeray's father Bal Thackeray in 1966